The New South Wales government is moving to help residents in Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie begin the clean up after last week's devastating fires by waiving waste levies for rubbish generated by fires.
Waste levy exemptions are in place at rubbish tips across the region, including Summerhill, Awaba and Raymond Terrace.
People affected by the fires can dump their waste in bulk as well as asbestos without having to pay the levy.
The Premier, Barry O'Farrell says it is a simple measure that could save residents between $53 and $107 per tonne of waste.
"In some of the areas affected by fires in recent days, people have been allowed back into their homes, and the clean up process has started," he said.
"Waiving these waste fees is simply an important way to demonstrate to people who've lost so much that the state government is determined to help them as they begin the clean up process."
Mr O'Farrell is hoping local councils will also drop their fees to help out.
"They may face council fees, but I'm also urging councils to join the state government in waiving these fees for these families at this time."